Lucy Harrison

Lucy Harrison


Derby Cathedral is encouraging parishes, churches and congregations to spread the glow of love and kindness during the festive period by writing a message to be displayed on Derby’s beautiful Tree of Light, which will be in the Cathedral from 3rd December to 6th January.  Messages could be in remembrance of a loved one, a Christmas greeting or a prayer. 

To help support the care and work of the Cathedral, people of Derby and Derbyshire are invited to write a message and make a donation, keeping the Cathedral doors open for welcome and warmth.

Everyone is welcomed to take some time away from the hustle and bustle at this time of year and enjoy the peace and quiet of the Cathedral building for reflection, sanctuary and light.

The Dean of Derby, The Very Revd Peter Robinson says:  “At this special time of year, we invite the communities of Derby and Derbyshire to come and enjoy their Cathedral and the sparkling Tree of Light.  Christmas is a wonderful time to reflect, and come together to spread a glow of kindness. All are very welcome to share their messages.”

The Tree of Light will be available for visitors to see between 3rd December and 6th January during Cathedral opening times.

For more information, to write an online message or donate online please visit: 


Safeguarding Adults Week 2022 takes place Monday 21- Sunday 27 November.

It’s an opportunity for organisations to come together to raise awareness of important safeguarding issues. The aim is to start vital conversations and share best practice, so we can all be better together.

The Ann Craft Trust have useful links and resources on their website 

With Winter creeping closer, a piping hot bowl of homemade soup goes down particularly well.  Its interesting to recount that Egginton’s Church of St Wilfrid has been making a name for itself with it successful and highly regarded ‘Meet, Greet and Eat’ community lunches.

Starting in 2018, with a break for Covid, monthly lunches have become a popular and eagerly awaited social event, providing an opportunity for people to meet and make new friendships.

Gatherings of 45 to 50 persons are usual, eager to sample the 10 or more soups on offer and where second helpings are very much the norm!  Together with a roll and butter, glass of wine, and cake or fruit to finish, its hardly surprising that the word has spread to neighbouring villages too!

There is no entry fee and donations are invited on departure, raising around £4,000 a year. 

Huge thanks rightfully go to the faithful team of helpers, who prepare the food, set-up the Church and wash up and clear away.   Such is their success that they have been awarded the Bishop’s “Certificate of Excellence”.

This initiative was the brain child of Chris and Kay Marples, resulting from a holiday at Porlock, in Somerset, where they witnessed a tragic suicide.  Having summoned help, they observed the emergency services handling the situation and were then required to make a police statement. 

Understandably this experience was traumatic and, still somewhat in shock, they narrated their experience to a local shop assistant.  News got around and, when they attended Porlock’s soup lunch the following day, there was a whole lot of support and care shown for their wellbeing.  It was then that Kay hatched the plan with Church Warden, Pat Riley, for monthly soup lunches in Egginton.  Not without its learning points, its now become a major success!

Important issues have been the availably of storage space in Church; creating space in Church for the setting up of tables; assembly of a committed team of helpers, and progressively accommodating a growing demand for places.  A very welcome breakthrough was a CVS grant of £750 for the purchase of soup bowls, water boiler, slow cookers, food thermometer and other things to replace some very tired equipment.  It also paid for certain helpers to obtain their level 2 food hygiene certificate.

The St Wilfrid’s team would like to thank most warmly all those who have given their support to this venture, most particularly those who cook and serve each month.

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Hulland Hippos Baby & Toddler group celebrated the tenth anniversary of its foundation on November 2nd. To share the happy occasion we invited past members of the team and the families who attended the very first session. Over coffee & cake, our guests enjoyed looking at the photos taken during the ten years, while the current families attending played and chatted as normal.  The highlight of our celebration was our ‘Happy Birthday Hippo time’ with a Hippo birthday cake, a story about Hippos from our curate Rev. Lisa, a thank you prayer, songs and games. We finished by presenting some Hulland Hippo awards! 36 adults and 23 children enjoyed the special occasion.

Comments on Facebook -

 “Congratulations Hulland Hippos and everyone who helps out, such a great place for support and fun for the kids”

 “Happy 10th Anniversary to the BEST baby and toddler group around. Enjoy the celebrations. Xxx”

Hulland Hippos is every Wednesday from 10 – 11.30am at Hulland Ward Millennium Hall (except the Christmas holiday). It is run by volunteers from Hulland Mothers’ Union, Hulland Church and our community. 

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22 September 2022

The Revd Martin Flowerdew, Vicar of Foremark and Repton with Newton Solney, Diocese of Derby, has announced his retirement. Mr Flowerdew’s last day in post will be 18th November 2022.

Following a two-month extension, Mrs Jacqui Greatorex’s fixed term role as Senior Executive Assistant to Bishop Libby finished on Monday 12th September. We wish her well for the future.

The Revd Elaine Jones, Assistant Curate of Sawley, Diocese of Derby, has been appointed Priest in Charge of Mitford and Hebron, and Bolam with Whalton, and Hartburn with Meldon and Netherwhitton, Diocese of Newcastle.

“Putting care for God’s creation at the heart of ministry and mission”

Derby Cathedral has just received a silver eco award from Eco Church, an A Rocha UK project.

The award is based on a comprehensive survey of the Cathedral covering topics as diverse as worship and teaching, management of church buildings and land, community and global engagement and lifestyle.

In other words – everything from how the Cathedral worships, the energy it uses, the wildlife it supports, the environmental projects it supports in other parts of the world, including Fairtrade, and the individual lifestyle choices we all make.

Eco church is designed to bring together a national community of churches addressing the environmental crisis with ongoing action to protect nature and address climate change so we can play our part in the prophetic call from General Synod for all parts of the Church of England to be net zero by 2030.
In granting the award Eco Church especially mentioned the Cathedral’s connections with the Wildlife Trust and the peregrine falcons, its involvement in planting trees including the “Trees for Derby” project, and our local engagement with the Council in supporting the bike event before Christmas.
Well done Derby Cathedral and thank you to members of JPCC (the Cathedral’s Justice, Peace and Creation Committee) and Carol Thomas, Chief Operating Officer for putting the application together.
Next step …GOLD!!   
To find out more about Eco Church go to www.a.rocha.org.uk

Generosity Week newsletter

The National Giving Team will be offering a newsletter for a limited time only to help you get ready for Generosity Week 2022. It's very short, and if you sign up, you'll receive it every Wednesday only until the end of September ... and then it will stop!

Download and read Issue 1 here 

Sign up to receive it in your email inbox.

Resources for Churches

You can run Generosity Week in your church to coincide with your Harvest Festival. As churches celebrate Harvest at different times this could be at any time between August to October. But if that doesn't work for you, don't let it put you off. We are called to be generous 365 days a year, so run it whenever suits you! Take a look below at the various resources your church might use during Generosity Week. All the resources are available on the Church of England website here.

1. Promoting Generosity Week

However you want to promote Generosity Week, there are a range of customisable resources available:

Promotional flyer

Generosity Week video using the video generator on A Church Near You

Graphics and copy for Church’s own social media accounts

Branded email signatures (jpeg) - version 1, version 2, version 3 and version 4

Branded Powerpoint template


2. Reflections and activities

Eight downloadable podcasts look in some depth at what the Bible has to say about Generosity. There are also reflections and activities – ways to put learning into action.


3. Resources

Generosity Week and young people

Celebrating our Legacy – exploring the legacy we have received from the generosity of others, and what our role might be in passing on that legacy to future generations. Leaders’ guide and participants’ booklet available.


4. Liturgy

There is a selection of service outlines, sermon starters and forms of prayer for churches to adapt and use, including:

Eight daily morning prayer services

Weekly service material on both Grace and Gratitude

Eucharist celebrating Generosity

Eucharist celebrating Gratitude

Service of the Word celebrating Generosity

Service of the Word celebrating Gratitude

Service content packs covering both Generosity
and Gratitude.


5. What happens next?

Generosity doesn’t end after Generosity Week. These resources are designed to build on the interest and make generosity an integral part of church life. The following resources are designed to help guide churches through their next steps.

Generous Church Toolkit – for the PCC to reflect on, highlighting what’s going well and where the learning points are

Generosity Fika – a half day programme for small groups to explore God’s generosity to us



Kay Duckett (Wingerworth) and Bernard Madden (Hathersage) recently joined the Archbishop of York to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Central Readers’ Council.

At the invitation of the archbishop and Rebecca Cottrell, representatives from the dioceses of England and Wales were invited to give thanks for Reader/Licensed Lay Ministry.

On the glorious sunny day, Archbishop Stephen shared his commitment and passion for lay ministry.

He gave thanks for licensed lay ministry, including that represented by Kay, Bernard and representatives of other dioceses.

We all celebrated how it has grown and evolved over the last 100 years. Archbishop Stephen even garnered a few very welcome smiles when recounting the responses he gets from prospective clergy when asked how they understand and plan to enable lay ministry.

He emphasized our calling from baptism to grow into the life of the church, before remarking on the importance of lay leadership in church life.

Advocating for creative, open and imaginative ministry he challenged those present to think about their own ministries and that of future generations so that we all continue to grow, adapt, and flourish.

Following a rather delicious afternoon tea, the Archbishop and Mrs Cottrell invited their guests to look around Bishopthorpe Palace and its grounds.

A much-needed moment of quiet along the Ouse gave ample opportunity to watch the fish and the birds – as well as a number of leisure boats – go past, before everyone gathered for evening prayer.

The day was a very welcome and very timely opportunity to reflect on the importance of lay ministry and the Diocese of Derby are delighted and proud to have been represented by Kay and Bernard.

Gracious God, 

in your mercy, and for your glory,

renew us, reshape us, revive us - 

with generous faith, courageous hope, and life-giving love -

that, in transformed lives, 

through growing church and building community, 

we may see your Kingdom come 

and be good news for all.


Gracious God, 

in your mercy, and for your glory,

renew us, reshape us, revive us - 

with generous faith, courageous hope, and life-giving love -

that, in transformed lives, 

through growing church and building community, 

we may see your Kingdom come 

and be good news for all.


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